Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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Meetings at City Hall This Week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 311

Audit Sub-Committee – Monday, June 23, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2013 City of Ottawa Consolidated Financial Statements
  • Sinking Fund Financial Statements

Planning Committee – Tuesday, 24 June, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending June 17, 2014
  • Front-Ending Agreement for Modification of the Gloucester East Urban Community Stormwater Management Pond No.1 and Fish Habitat Compensation
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 360 Bobolink Ridge
  • Preston-Carling District Secondary Plan
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 93-105 Norman Street
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 2075 Mer Bleue Road
  • Official Plan Amendment – 2405 Mer Bleue Road and 2496 Tenth Line Road
  • Mural on 721 Chapel Crescent

Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee –Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, June 25, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, June 26, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Application to Alter 455 Green Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
  • Application to Alter 429 Maclaren Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
  • Designation of the Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park, Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to Alter the Brantwood Gates, a Structure Designated Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, Located at the Junction of Beckwith and Main Streets
  • Application for Demolition and New Construction at 565 and 575 Old Prospect Road in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District


Meetings at City Hall June 2 – June 6

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Crime Prevention Ottawa Board Meeting – Monday, June 2, 5 p.m. Colonel By Room

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, June 3, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2013 Year End Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) Report – Summary
  • 2014-2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee
  • 2014 Municipal Elections – Reduced Opening Hours for Certain Voting Places
  • Appointment to the Bank Street Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • Lansdowne Partnership Plan – Report on Exercise of Delegated Authority and Proposed Amendment to Existing Authority for the Operations Phase
  • Status Update – Finance and Economic Development Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending  May 23, 2014
  • 2013 Investment and Endowment Fund Report
  • Capital Adjustments and Closing of Projects – City Tax and Rate Supported
  • 2013 Report on French Language Services
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council – Q4 2013 and Q1 2014
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex Remediation Project
  • Brownfields Property Tax Assistance, Rehabilitation Grant / Development Charge Reduction Program Application – Mrak Holdings Inc. – 1125, 1129, 1133, 1137, 1145 and 1149 Cyrville Road
  • 200 Brewer Way – Académie Westboro Academy, Revenue Lease Renewal
  • Designate 12,587 Square Feet on the 21st Floor at 160 Elgin Street as a Municipal Capital Facility
  • Airport Parkway Pedestrian / Cycling Bridge – Updates – In Camera – Reporting Out Date: Recommendation1 to be Reported Out Upon Resolution of Litigation; Recommendation 2 is not to be Reported Out

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, June 4, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Progress Update on Ottawa’s Cycling Program
  • Status Update – Transportation Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending May23, 2014
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council – Q4 2013 and Q1 2014
  • 2015 Municipal Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Plan
  • Coordination of Snow Go Programs
  • Growth of City Fleet for Asphalt Repair Units
  • Surface Parking Lot at 160 Lyon Street

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee –Thursday, June 5, 6 p.m., St. Patrick’s Parish Fallowfield, 15 Steeple Hill Crescent

  • Arbuckle Petition for Drainage Works
  • Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending May 29, 2014
  • Semi-Annual Performance Report to Council Q4 2013 and Q1 2014
  • Kizell Municipal Drain Modifications and Improvements
  • Zoning – 7068 Fourth Line Road
  • Zoning – 5592, 5606 and 5630 Boundary Road and 9460 Mitch Owens Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment –3748 Rideau Road


Meetings at Ottawa City Hall

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca,
or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Board of Health – Monday, May 5, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Monday, May 5, 6 p.m., West Carleton Community Complex, Roly Armitage Hall, 5670 Carp Road
• Capital Region Citizen’s Committee for the Protection of the Environment
• Ontario Municipal Board Appeal – Subdivision and Zoning – 6335 and 6350 Perth Street
• Arbuckle Petition for Drainage Works
• Zoning – 3505 Trim Road
• Zoning – 3247 and 3273 Moodie Drive
• Zoning – 6363 Perth Street
• Carp Road Corridor Zoning Study
• Zoning – 669-681 Meadowridge Circle
• Zoning – Anomalies and Minor Corrections – Exception [19r]

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, May 6, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room
• Comprehensive Legal Services Report for the Period January 1 to March 31, 2014
• 2014 Operating and Capital Budget Q1 Status Report
• 2013 – Purchasing Year in Review
• Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period October 1 to December 31, 2013
• Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
• Federal Gas Tax Agreement
• Innovation Centre Implementation – Business Feasibility Study, Funding Agreement and Land Lease Agreement
• Fibre Media Incorporated Municipal Access Agreement
• Brownfields Property Tax Assistance, Rehabilitation Grant and Development Charge Reduction Program Application – 7947062 Canada Inc. – 460 St. Laurent Boulevard
• Amendment to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale for 2720 Richmond Road, Former Grant Alternative School
• Offer to Purchase Parkway House, 2475 Regina Street
• Brownfield Rehabilitation of 1445 and 1451 Wellington Street West
• Feasibility Report on Potential Public-Private-Partnership for Planned Recreational Complex in Southeast Ottawa
• Collective Bargaining Update (Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 503, Civic Institute of Professional Personnel (CIPP) and Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association (OPFFA) – In Camera – Reporting Out Date: Not to be Reported Out

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room
• School Bus Traffic Camera – Pilot Update
• Parking Services 2013 Annual Report
• Buy-out of Leased Loaders
• Cambrian Road Widening (Re-aligned Greenbank Road to Jockvale Road) Environmental Assessment Study – Recommendations
• Realigned Greenbank Road and Southwest Transitway Extension (Cambrian Road to Barnsdale Road) Environmental Assessment Study – Recommendations
• Airport Parkway Widening (Brookfield Avenue to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport) and Lester Road Widening (Airport Parkway to Bank Street) Environmental Assessment Study – Statement of Work
• Funding for a St. Laurent Boulevard North Road Diet Feasibility Assessment

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Thursday, May 8, 1:30 p.m., Champlain Room
• Application to Alter 60 Blenheim Drive, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
• Application to Alter 140 Howick Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District
• Application to Alter 300 Acacia Avenue, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District


Meetings at City Hall this week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Information Technology Sub-committee – Monday, April 28, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Enterprise Asset Management (Maximo) Update
  • Panorama Program Update

Ottawa Police Services Board – Monday, April 28, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • National Capital Area Crime Stoppers – Semi-Annual Update
  • Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) Deployment – Policy Amendment
  • Lifecycle Replacement of Ottawa Police Mobile and Portable Radios
  • Secondment Agreements – Delegation of Authority
  • Appointment of Auxiliary Police Members
  • Appointment of Special Constables
  • Ontario Association of Police Services Boards’ Annual Conference: Funding Request
  • Canadian Association of Police Governance Annual Conference: Attendance
  • Tenure Program – 2013 Annual Report
  • Complaints Report – Part V, Police Services Act – 2013 Annual Report
  • Financial Status Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Performance Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Workforce Management Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Complaints Report – Part V, Police Services Act – First Quarter 2014
  • Legal Services Status Report – First Quarter 2014
  • Board Monitoring Requirements –  First Quarter 2014
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions – April 2014
  • Letters of Commendation


Check out the Kanata Arboretum!

Over the last couple of years visitors to the Beaver Pond Park in Kanata Lakes have probably observed a number of positive changes in this area. Indeed this serene park is the object of an ongoing tree planting program that culminated with the addition of 30 new trees in June 2013.

This planting program is not random. Plant specimens are chosen with the goal of creating a mini-arboretum of Canadian species in this beautiful park. At this time most of the trees normally encountered in our boreal forests have at least one representative in the Park.

A last important step remains for this mini-arboretum to become a complete reality. In the next few weeks community volunteers will affix an identification number to the most prominent instance of each species. I have agreed to fund the installation of an interpretation panel that will enable nature lovers to link trees to numbers to names and thus to discover the amazing sylvan diversity of our Nordic forests.

Give the arboretum a few years and passersby will be able to relax by the pond under a dense canopy, while learning to recognize native trees that define our rugged Canadian Shield. We expect numerous children and schools – not to mention the avid outdoor enthusiasts with an inquisitive mind – to avail themselves of this pedagogical resource unique in Ottawa’s west end.

Additional tree planting and interpretation in the Park will continue, taking advantage of resources as they become available. And of course all trees (old and new) will be protected against beavers by chicken wire. This aptly-named “Beaver” Pond is on the regular travel route of young beavers expelled from their family unit each summer. Tree protection is a must if this joint investment by the City and the community is to endure.

Photo by Mario Poirier

Photo by Mario Poirier


Tree Removal

An 8-acre site at Terry Fox and the Old Second Line is being prepared so that it could be used for an elementary school.  This involved removing trees from a portion of the site so geotechnical work can be undertaken and a site plan prepared.  Part of the site is being retained as natural forest tor future students to undertake environmental studies. This site is within an approved draft subdivision approved by Council in 2003 and is already zoned for a school.  April 15th was the deadline for tree removal in order not to interfere with bird nesting.  Under the City’s wildlife strategy, nesting boxes are being placed in locations for small mammals to use and openings left for larger animals to relocate.  Once the subdivision is built, this school will be in a residential area.

Tree removal has also commenced between Earl of March High School and Campeau Drive for construction of an addition of 24 rooms plus gymnasium for Grade 7 & 8 students.  Construction will be underway this summer.


Beaverbrook Heritage District

Last Thursday (April 10) I made a presentation to the Built-Heritage Committee of the City to outline reasons for designating Beaverbrook as a Heritage District and the process that needs to be followed to do so.  Bill Teron, the ‘Father’ of Kanata was present along with his son Chris, KBCA President Gary Sealey and others.  The Committee was impressed with the Kanata Concept for a Garden City and how Beaverbrook was suitable for Heritage District designation.  The Committee indicated support for a detailed analysis and public consultation to be undertaken over the next year.

The Heritage Designation does not stop changes from happening.  Anything from an addition to a home to a large apartment building could still occur.  What it will do is ensure that the Garden City Concepts are followed in any development so that the overall community nature is maintained.

A public meeting to describe the process will be held in a few months, once a Steering Committee is set up to organize the consultation.  Anyone interested in being on the Steering Committee should contact my office.

 


Rail Crossings in Kanata North

The City is doing a study of all rail crossings to ensure they meet safety criteria.  In Kanata North there are two rail lines, neither of which carries much traffic.  They are:

1)    The CNR line that crosses Carling Ave. in the Greenbelt and runs behind the business park, Catterick, Applecross, Celtic Ridge and Macara.  There are unprotected crossings on Klondike and March Valley.  CNR has applied to abandon this track but you need to check carefully for trains.  If the track is removed the City plan is to purchase the right of way for a trail.

2)      The City owned railway runs parallel to Carling, crosses Herzberg, Teron, March, Goulbourn Forced and Terry Fox.  There is generally one train per week in each direction (presently on Wed) but others could occur.  As Herzberg and March have OC bus routes the City will add gates there.  Terry Fox already has gates.  Teron is linked with Herzberg while the GFR has no protection so slow down and look when crossing on the GFR. The speed is only 10 km/h in this section.


2014 Bus Pads Project

Under the 2014 Bus Pads Project, 23 new bus pads/public waiting areas will be installed at OC Transpo bus stops in Ottawa West. In Kanata North, bus pads will be established in the following bus locations:

Flamborough West / Ipswich
Innovation East / Goulbourn Forced Road
Kanata South / Stikine
Legget West / Solandt

This project includes removal of curb and gutter, sodding, construction of curb and gutter, asphalt bus pads, and concrete pads.

Construction is expected to start in June, and to last approximately 2.5 months.  I have been advised that there will be little impact to traffic, and no impact on residential properties. Work to do be done on any arterial and major collector roads will be completed during off-peak hours.


RRCK Free Wi-Fi

The Richcraft Recreation Complex free public Wi-Fi went live April 15th. It is the first of 25 facilities across Ottawa to have free Wi-Fi. The City of Ottawa signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with IceNet Wireless – a Kanata North based wireless internet company and a division of EION Inc.  This is the latest sponsorship under the City’s Community Champions Program.


OttYouth PORTAL

The OttYouth portal makes Ottawa.ca more youth friendly and will allow young people who use it to access a number of resources on ottawa.ca geared especially for them, including:

  • Job opportunities at the City
  • Recreation and culture programs
  • Volunteer opportunities

Among the programs currently seeking more participation from young people:

  • Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training)
  • Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital
  • Paint-it Up!


Spring is Here!

1)     City Wide Burn Ban in Effect
Ottawa Fire Services is placing a city-wide burn ban into effect immediately to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass. This winter left more debris (fallen tree branches, leaves, etc.) on the ground than in previous years, which increases the risk of fire spread.

All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban even for those properties that have a burn permit. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the open air burning ban. 

2)     After Snow – Lawn Repairs
The extreme winter that Ottawa experienced this year necessitated frequent street ploughing.  In some cases City ploughs may have caused damage to residents’ lawns.  If your lawn was damaged by a City plough, call 311 to have your property added to the spring repair list.

3)     Playing Fields Closed
Now that spring is here, many people are anxious for outdoor activity and sports; however, playing fields are closed until further notice because, in their damp state, they would be damaged by people’s walking on them.  As well, please keep children away from water courses that may be seasonally dangerous.


Road Construction in 2014

Highway 417 West of Huntmar
In the general area west of the Huntmar Overpass, construction will begin in the coming weeks to finalize the widening of the roadway platform to 3 lanes in both the east and westbound directions including all drainage enhancements. Rehabilitation of Highway 417 in the vicinity of Carp Road to the Highway 7 interchange, as well as the interchange ramp rehabilitation, will be completed this season and is expected to commence in May. Traffic will continue to travel on only two East or Westbound lanes during the summer months until surface course paving is completed throughout the project. Completion is anticipated for Fall 2014.

Highway 417 East of Huntmar
In the general area east of the Huntmar Overpass, the Contractor has transferred traffic into the median for staging purposes. Two lanes in both the east and westbound directions will remain throughout the spring and summer months while rehabilitation of the existing roadway continues. Surface course paving will be required this summer for the area east of Huntmar including interchange ramps.

Castlefrank Ramp Closure
The Contractor is intending to commence the closure of the Castlefrank eastbound on-ramp in May 2014. This closure is required to facilitate full depth asphalt removal of the 417 EBL’s at the ramp terminal. Advanced notification signing will be placed notifying of the impending closure. The closure is expected to last about 5 weeks.

Carp Road Overpass
The construction work at the Carp Road Overpass is scheduled to begin imminently. Preliminary work will include the installation of temporary signals and placement of permanent temporary traffic conditions to delineate the work area. Traffic will be in a single lane condition across the structure during construction. Construction at Carp Road is expected to last the entire construction season and be completed in fall 2014. A full weekend closure of the westbound off-ramp will be required to facilitate installation of drainage components. Advanced notification signing will be placed notifying of the impending weekend closure.

Eagleson/March Overpass
The Contractor is expected to proceed with the final stage of structure rehabilitation in spring 2014 with applicable lane reductions. During the rehabilitation, one northbound and two southbound lanes will exist. Surface course paving along with final placement of all drainage and safety components will proceed after rehabilitation is completed during single lane closures. Completion is expected by fall 2014.

Watt’s Creek Culvert Replacement
The Contractor continues with construction of the culvert replacement under the existing Highway 417 now that traffic has been shifted to the new median. The existing culvert will be abandoned in the summer of 2014 after the new culvert is finalized.

In general, construction is on schedule to be completed by fall 2014 as originally anticipated.


Arcadia Community Meeting

May 15th 7:30-8:30 pm
Minto Arcadia Sales Centre, 8460 Campeau

As a new development, there is a need for information on how the Arcadia community is being serviced and the timing of infrastructure.  At this meeting in the community, there will be a second opportunity to comment on Arcadia Park (to be located at the corner of Calvington Avenue and Country Glen Way) as well as to find out about construction of Campeau Drive, a retail plaza to service the community, bus service, a roundabout at Campeau and Huntmar, the Carp River Restoration Plan and surrounding developments.  You can also raise other questions and meet your Councillor and your neighbours.

You can view the draft park plan at www.ottawa.ca/parksplanningand forward comments to the parks planner at diane.emmerson@ottawa.ca.


Meetings at City Hall April 21 – 25

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Planning Committee– Tuesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Application to construct an addition at 205 Crichton Street, a property designated under part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located in the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District
  • Treasurer’s Statement on Development Charges Reserve Funds for 2013
  • Status update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the period ending April 15, 2014
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Funding for the 2014 Employment Land Review
  • Memorandum of Understanding – Millennium Park
  • Zoning – 120 Prestige Circle
  • Zoning – 2575 Innes Road
  • Zoning – 4310 Fallowfield Road
  • Zoning – 9 Leeming Drive
  • Zoning – 45 Mann Avenue
  • Zoning – 330 Sussex Drive

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, April 23, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Environment Committee –Thursday, April 24, 1 p.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Meetings at City Hall April 14 – 18

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Public Library Board – Monday, April 14, 5 p.m., Ben Franklin Place (The Chamber), 101 Centrepointe Drive

Transit Commission – Wednesday, April 16, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

  • OC Transpo Operations at Railway Level Crossings
  • Amendment to Transit By-Law (By-Law 2007-268)
  • Enhanced Safety Measures to Southwest Transitway
  • Status Update –Transit Commission Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 4, 2014
  • General Accounts – Write-Offs 2013
  • Delegation of Authority – Contracts Awarded for the Period October 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 for Transit Services

Community and Protective Services Committee – Thursday, April 17, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Community and Protective Services Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending April 10, 2014
  • Commemorative Naming – Foot Guards Park
  • Youth Summit Action Plan Update


Carp Road Landfill

COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND COMMENT SESSION
re: Rezoning Landfill Site on Carp Road
May 6, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
NEXT Restaurant, 6400 Hazeldean Road, Stittsville

This session will include displays at 6:30 pm and a presentation on the zoning proposal and background studies at 7:00 pm by Waste Management consultants, followed by a question period. City planning staff will also be in attendance, to provide information to the community relating to the zoning amendment process, as well as to listen to any comments, questions or concerns from the public. A City sponsored public meeting will be held later to respond to questions raised and provide additional information.

Previous Info: The City has received an application to amend the zoning to permit the new landfill of Carp Road that has been approved by the province.  A public session is tentatively set for May 5 to go over the application, and I’m meeting with my west end colleagues to learn more about it.  Watch my column and website for further updates prior to the meeting.


Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital

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Kanata North is lagging behind neighbouring wards in signing up to clean and beautify our communities so – put on your volunteer hat, round up one or more friends or family members, or work individually or with your church, school or community group and register your project through www.ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 311.  Enjoy fresh air and seeing the litter disappear to help with Cleaning the Capital.

To date across Ottawa, around 730 projects and 47,512 participants have registered, including 80 graffiti removal projects.  Of these, only 28 projects involving 2163 participants are from Kanata North – far fewer than our neighbouring wards.  Projects can be registered until May 15, and cleanup starter kits are available.  With your help, our neighbourhoods will be clean, green, litter and graffiti-free.

From 2007 – 2009, Kanata North won four awards for the greatest participation among the City of Ottawa Wards in Cleaning the Capital.  Let’s bring back that award in this campaign!   Let me know when you take this on, including a time and place, and I’ll join you (schedule permitting) in working together we beautify our community.

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The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available.

Registration is quick and easy:

  • Go to ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The new interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.

Win prizes

Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kg of litter from 1,400 locations.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/green-living/cleaning-capital

 


Wildlife Speaker Series: Backyard Biodiversity

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The City of Ottawa will be marking National Wildlife Week with the second session of its Wildlife Speakers Series on Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers) at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. The topic of this session is Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home.

The featured guest speakers are Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl from Nature Canada, and Bill Dowd, CEO of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, Canada’s largest wildlife control company.

Ms. Kirkpatrick-Wahl is a conservation biologist, who is currently working on the NatureHood program, which aims to connect people with nature in urban environments – right in their backyards.

Mr. Dowd has over 25 years of experience in helping people avoid or resolve conflicts with wildlife around residential settings. He is respected as an expert in the field.

In addition to the presentations, there will be a nature slideshow and an environmental exposition from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment and local environmental initiatives. Participants will include the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Ontario Electronic Stewardship will also have a booth and will be accepting old electronic equipment for recycling.

The City will hold two more events in the Wildlife Speakers Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents’ knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect. All of these events are free of charge.

The next session is planned for June on the topic of white-tailed deer.


Meetings at City Hall April 7 – 11

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Crime Prevention Ottawa – Board Meeting– Monday, April 7, 5 p.m. Colonel By Room

Planning Committee– Tuesday, April 8, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Front Ending Agreements for: Mattamy Fairwinds North Phase 3 Park; Mattamy Fairwinds West / Tartan Poole Creek Village Park; and Minto Arcadia Stage 2 Park
  • 2013 Annual Report pursuant to the Building Code Act
  • Planning and Growth Management Term of Council Workplan 2014 Update and 2013 Delegated Authority Report

Accessibility Advisory Committee – Tuesday, April 8, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, April 9, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Built Heritage Sub-Committee– Thursday, April 10, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Beaverbrook Community Heritage Study Launch
  • Application to Construct an Addition to 205 Crichton Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the New Edinburgh Heritage Conservation District

Transportation Committee– Thursday, April 10, 1:30 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Transportation Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending March 28, 2014
  • Chapman Mills Extension (Longfields Drive to Strandherd Drive) and Bus Rapid Transit (Greenbank Road to Cedarview Road) Environmental Assessment Study – Statement of Work
  • Advance Left Turn Arrow at St. Patrick Street East Bound and Island Lodge Road


Meetings at City Hall April 7 – 11

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Finance and Economic Development Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 21, 2014
  • Commemorative Naming – Nelson Mandela Square
  • Appointment to the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • Appointments to the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area Board and to the Sparks Street Mall Authority Board of Management
  • Report on Bill 69 – Prompt Payment Act, 2013
  • 2013 Information Management Annual Report and Records Retention and Disposition By-Law 2003-527 Amendments
  • Report on Budget Expenses Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 284/09
  • 2014 Tax Ratios and Other Tax Policies
  • 2014 City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan (COMAP) Update Report
  • Corporate Business Case Approach
  • Surplus Declaration – 2994 St. Joseph Boulevard
  • Non-Viable Vacant Land Fronting Rainbow Street and Known Municipally as 849 Shefford Road – Waiver of Former Owner’s Right to Purchase

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee –Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Osgoode Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode

  • Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 27, 2014
  • Zoning – 4544 Torbolton Ridge Road
  • Zoning – 4029 Viewbank Road
  • Zoning – 4093 Prince of Wales Drive
  • Zoning – 3625 4th Line (Dalmac) Road
  • Zoning – 3022 Trim Road
  • Zoning – 7149 McCordick Road
  • Zoning – 3996 and 4010 2nd Line (Gordon Murdock) Road
  • Zoning – 6182 Bank Street
  • Zoning – 5650 Mitch Owens Road
  • Report and Zoning Amendment on Residential Conversions


Ottawa Police Crime Alert

CRIME ALERT: THEFT From VEHICLE/Secure Valuables

 Issue: Thefts from vehicles and Break and Enters in Kanata/Stittsville.  We generally see a marked increase in reports of theft and break and enter as the weather gets warmer. 

What you can do – Safety Tips:

By changing your behaviour when it comes to putting valuables out of sight and locking up, you can reduce the risk of being targeted for theft.

  • Ensure your garage, shed, home and vehicle are always locked, even when you are home.  Do not leave valuables in plain view.
  • Park facing the street and in a well lit area so that anyone tampering with your vehicle is more noticeable.
  • Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle. Personal identification, vehicle registration, insurance certificates or credit cards, etc, even loose change can make your vehicle a target.
  • Place an “All Valuables Removed” card on your car to help remind you to remove valuables before leaving your car and also deter would-be thieves. http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/crimeprevention/safetyandpreventiontips/roadsafety/safety_theft_prevention.aspx> ”
  • Report any/all suspicious incidents or incidents of theft to Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300
  • Consider a residential alarm system to provide additional security and deterrence.
  • Consider  a Home Security Inspection (FREE) from OPS
  • Consider starting/joining Neighbourhood Watch.

 Kanata/Stittsville CPC Officer:  Constable Lori Fahey    Telephone: 236-1222, Ext #2005


Meetings at City Hall March 31 – April 4

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Finance and Economic Development Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 21, 2014
  • Commemorative Naming – Nelson Mandela Square
  • Appointment to the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area Board of Management
  • Appointments to the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area Board and to the Sparks Street Mall Authority Board of Management
  • Report on Bill 69 – Prompt Payment Act, 2013
  •  2013 Information Management Annual Report and Records Retention and Disposition By-Law 2003-527 Amendments
  • Report on Budget Expenses Pursuant to Ontario Regulation 284/09
  • 2014 Tax Ratios and Other Tax Policies
  • 2014 City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan (COMAP) Update Report
  • Corporate Business Case Approach
  • Surplus Declaration – 2994 St. Joseph Boulevard
  • Non-Viable Vacant Land Fronting Rainbow Street and Known Municipally as 849 Shefford Road – Waiver of Former Owner’s Right to Purchase

 

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee –Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Osgoode Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main St, Osgoode

  •          Status Update – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Inquiries and Motions – For the Period Ending March 27, 2014
  •          Zoning – 4544 Torbolton Ridge Road
  •          Zoning – 4029 Viewbank Road
  •          Zoning – 4093 Prince of Wales Drive
  •          Zoning – 3625 4th Line (Dalmac) Road
  •          Zoning – 3022 Trim Road
  •         Zoning – 7149 McCordick Road
  •         Zoning – 3996 and 4010 2nd Line (Gordon Murdock) Road
  •         Zoning – 6182 Bank Street
  •         Zoning – 5650 Mitch Owens Road
  •         Report and Zoning Amendment on Residential Conversions


Meetings at City Hall March 24- March 28.

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Environment Committee - Monday, March 24, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

  • World Water Day – Proclamation
  • Quarterly Performance Report, Q3 – July 1 to September 30, 2013
  • Water Environment Strategy – Phase 1

Police Services Board - Monday, March 24, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • Attendance at Ontario Association of Police Services Boards Annual Conference
  • Canadian Association of Police Governance –  Hosting 2016 Annual Conference
  • “Igniting the Spirit” Fundraising Event for the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
  • Annual Financial Report – 2013
  • Public Rewards – Annual Report
  • Workplace Accidents and Injuries – 2013 Annual Report
  • Sworn Promotion Process – 2013 Annual Report
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries and Motions – March 2014
  • Letters of Commendation

Planning Committee – Tuesday, March 25, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Application for Demolition of Bradley’s General Store, 1518 Stittsville Main Street, a Property Designated Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Application to Demolish and to Construct a New Structure at 7 Clarence Street, a Property Located in the Byward Market Heritage Conservation District and Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Addition of 30 Oriole Drive to the City of Ottawa Heritage Register
  • Application to Alter 269 McLeod Street, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
  • Zoning – Part of 6429 Renaud Road
  • Zoning – 5315 Abbott Street (formerly known as part of 5618 Hazeldean Road)
  • Zoning – 2148 Carling Avenue and 830 Aaron Avenue
  • Draft Revisions to Infill By-law 2012-147 – Response to Ontario Municipal Board Interim Order on Appeal
  • Report and Zoning Amendment on Residential Conversions
  • Pool Enclosure By-law 2013-39 – Technical Amendments
  • City of Ottawa Environmental Noise Control Guidelines – Review of Regulatory Framework and Current Practices
  • 2014 Patio Fee Reduction – Pilot Project
  • Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law 2005-439 – Signs on Windows

Council Meeting – Wednesday, March 26, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Canada Post Changes for Kanata Residents

Update April 23: During their AGM on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm at the Beaverbrook Community Centre, the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association will hold a dialogue on the location of postal boxes throughout the community.  Updated locations can now be viewed by going to: http://tiny.cc/CanadaPostKanata.  Canada Post has declined my request for a representative to be present at the meeting but a city staff planner will be there to explain the City’s role in the location of the boxes.

Previous Info: The changes will affect Beaverbrook. I  am in touch with the Beaverbrook Community Association and will discuss the changes at my upcoming Town Hall on March 25th.

A message to Kanata North residents:  I am concerned about this and am meeting with Canada Post and City officials today. Stay tuned for updates.

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Canada Post’s transition to community mailbox delivery will begin in fall 2014 in 11 communities across Canada

Ottawa (ON) – Canada Post today announced the 11 communities across Canada where mail will be delivered to new community mailboxes beginning in the fall of 2014. This is the first stage of a five-year national initiative involving roughly 5 million addresses.

In the larger cities in this initial stage, only a few specific neighbourhoods will be affected. Within the affected areas, most businesses will keep delivery to the door. In the smaller municipalities, nearly all households and a higher proportion of businesses will move to community mailbox delivery.

The 11 communities and the approximate number of affected addresses are:
• some neighbourhoods in Calgary, Alta. (10,450 addresses)
• Fort McMurray, Alta. (8,450 addresses)
• some neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, Man. (12,500 addresses)
• Oakville, Ont. (26,400 addresses)
• in Ottawa, Ont., neighbourhoods in Kanata (7,900 addresses)
• Rosemère, Que. (3,350 addresses)
• Lorraine, Que. (2,550 addresses)
• Bois-des-Filion, Que. (2,750 addresses)
• Charlemagne, Que. (1,300 addresses)
• Repentigny, Que. (14,400 addresses)
• and in Halifax, N.S., neighbourhoods in the Lower Sackville and Bedford areas (9,950
addresses).

The neighbourhoods that have been chosen are near areas that already have community mailboxes. As well, the operational structure needed to deliver to community mailboxes already exists in these communities, which makes them most suitable for efficient early conversion.

There will be no change in delivery for:
• people living in apartment buildings, seniors’ buildings and condominiums who have mail
delivered in the building lobby.
• customers who have mail delivered to a rural mailbox at the end of a driveway.
• business addresses if they are in well-established business areas, such as main streets or
“business corridors,” or receive a relatively large volume of mail or parcels.

Affected residents will soon receive an information package from Canada Post in the mail. It will tell them how they can express their priorities and preferences about their new delivery method. Using the feedback from residents, Canada Post will work with local municipal officials to determine suitable locations for the community mailboxes.

Canada Post understands that some seniors and Canadians with disabilities may not be able to get to
their community mailbox, and it is committed to ensuring that no one is left behind from accessing the
mail service. As it transitions existing neighbourhoods like these, it may need to offer additional solutions
for people with significant mobility challenges, who lack viable alternatives and would face unacceptable
hardship. Canada Post will seek input from the various communities that best know the challenges facing
people with mobility issues and deploy new solutions before the conversion occurs.

Background:
Roughly 5 million Canadian addresses, or about one third of the addresses in the country, still have mail
delivery to the door. The other two thirds of addresses have mail delivery to a centralized point such as
an apartment lobby box, a post office, or to a community mailbox (a delivery method that has been in
widespread use for about 30 years), or to a rural mailbox.

The five-year transition to community mailbox delivery will generate the largest financial benefit of Canada Post’s Five-point Action Plan, which was announced on December 11, 2013. Once fully implemented, the community mailbox initiative is forecasted to save $400 million to $500 million a year.

By implementing the Five-point Action Plan as a wave of retirements occurs, Canada Post will hire fewer
employees while meeting the changing needs of Canadians for secure, convenient delivery of mail and parcels. Attrition will allow for the reduction of between 6,000 and 8,000 positions, yet Canada Post will respect its collective agreements and no regular full-time or part-time employees will lose their job as a result of the conversion initiative.

Where community mailboxes will be installed, Canada Post will still attempt delivery at the door of parcels too large to fit in the community mailbox’s parcel compartments and of parcels or registered items that require a signature.


Meetings at City Hall next week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates (check Ottawa.ca for time and date changes), please sign up for e-mail alerts or visit Public Meetings and Notices on ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1.

Ottawa Public Library Board – Monday, March 17, 5 p.m., Festival Boardroom

Ottawa Board of Health Monday, March 17, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

Transit Commission – Wednesday, March 19, 9:30 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

  • Transit Services 2013 Customer Survey

Community Services Advisory Committee – Wednesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Room


Street paintings Pilot Projects – Apply by April 1st!

The City of Ottawa is excited to announce a Street Painting Pilot Program.  A street painting is a mural painted with traffic grade paint at an intersection or between intersections on low-traffic residential streets.   Street Paintings promote community building and “placemaking” through neighbourhood art, and may have traffic calming benefits.  Street painting encourages neighbours to be actively involved with public space resulting in more welcoming and liveable communities.

Interested residents should find a core group of neighbours who are interested in working collaboratively on a street painting project in their neighbourhood.  Projects must be resident-driven and provide opportunities for all members of the community to participate.

The City of Ottawa will consider requests from residents for Street Painting with some restrictions. All requests are subject to City approvals, bylaws and requirements. Please contact my office for an application package (Marianne.Wilkinson@Ottawa.ca).

All residents interested in seeing a Street Painting project happen in their neighbourhood are encouraged to contact the Neighbourhood Connection Office before applying.

Application Deadline for 2014 projects is April 1, 2014.

For more information please contact:

ANDREA FLOWERS
Neighbourhood Connection Office
City of Ottawa
613.580.2424 x 16081
andrea.flowers@ottawa.ca or
neighbourhoods@ottawa.ca


Beaverbrook Library Construction Update

March 2014: The Library Board and staff had a tour of the new library last week.  It is going to be a great facility with lots of light, space for reference materials, a hug children’s area, a teen zone, a Kanata Room for archives, plenty of seating and study areas, great space for staff and a large meeting room that can be divided into two and will be accessible even when the library is closed.  The opening is scheduled for August.

Previous Updates:

The Beaverbrook Branch is taking shape from the outside in. The second floor roof is finished, and the lower roof is scheduled to be complete in the near future.  Window glazing should be done by early December. Construction work inside the building is now underway, as the first of the three stairways was recently delivered and are now being installed. The Beaverbrook Depot is providing service to many and the Hazeldean Branch is acting as back up.  The opening of the new library is expected to be in August next year.

In the meantime, the Elmvale Acres Branch will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on November 23 at 10:00am, with refreshments, family story time, and crafts. And, the Emerald Plaza Branch will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on that same day from 1:00pm to 3:30pm.

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